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In the VSECU Blog you'll find financial and lifestyle resources to help empower possibilities for your personal success.

By: Joshua Dobrovich

February 2nd, 2021

Your Starter Guide for Buying a Used Car

Auto Buying

Whether you’re traditionally a new car buyer or looking for a used car that will last longer, there are affordable and reliable options out there for you. This is your starter guide for shopping for a pre-owned vehicle—what to look for, what questions to ask, where to buy from, and more.

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By: Laurie Fielder

December 22nd, 2020

Thinking of Buying a Used Electric Car? Here’s What You Should Know

Energy Savings | Auto Buying

As the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) becomes more widespread, more used electric cars are entering the market and offering a more affordable option for those looking to go electric. In fact, 7% of electric vehicles registered in Vermont in the first quarter of 2020 are used, according to the most recent report from Drive Electric VT. This number is only expected to grow along with the increased availability of used EVs. If you’re looking to go green with your next vehicle and think you might be interested in a used EV, here is a list of important questions to ask and information to know as you start your search.

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By: Joshua Dobrovich

December 9th, 2020

Why and How to Buy Out a Lease on Your Car

Auto Buying

If you’re looking for your next car, you may have noticed that car inventory is low. If you’re currently leasing your vehicle, you may have more options at the end of your lease than you think. In fact, the best car for you may be the one you already have. Enter the lease buyout. With used cars retaining their value these days, here is what you need to know about this often-overlooked car buying option—when it makes sense, what to consider, and how to do it.

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By: David Roberts

October 7th, 2020

Do Affordable Electric Cars Exist (and Should You Buy One)?

Energy Savings | Auto Buying

This is an exciting time for plug-in electric vehicle (EV) buyers. Manufacturers are producing a wide array of models. The value of going electric has increased as electric driving range goes up, performance improves, more affordable models are available and off-peak charging costs from several Vermont utilities offer the equivalent of $1 per gallon of gasoline. Plus, purchase incentives are available that can reduce up-front costs by $10,000 or more. If you’re on the fence about buying an EV, this article may help you pick a side.

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By: Joshua Dobrovich

October 1st, 2020

Why Finding the Best Interest Rate on a Car Loan Isn’t So Important

Saving and Budgeting | Auto Buying

If you’ve ever purchased a vehicle, you probably know that you can spend almost as much time shopping for rates as you do picking out your new car. But what if I told you that you didn’t have to spend so much time finding the best interest rate?  

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By: Joshua Dobrovich

September 15th, 2020

Five Tips for Buying a Car with Bad Credit

Saving and Budgeting | Auto Buying

Do you want to buy a car but worry that your bad credit will make it impossible for you to get financing? Bad credit can certainly create challenges for the car buyer, but it does not necessarily mean you’re out of luck. You may just need to take a few steps to prove to a lender that you are a trustworthy borrower.

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By: Christine Davidson

October 8th, 2019

How to Get Pre-approved for a Car Loan

Auto Buying

You’re driving down the road and your engine light comes on again! The thoughts that run through your head might include “I think it’s time for a new vehicle,” “Will I get approved for a car loan?” “What’s the minimum credit score for a car loan?” “What will a new payment look like for me?” “Can I even afford to buy a vehicle?”

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By: Christine Davidson

May 7th, 2019

It's Time to Plan Your Road Trip

Saving and Budgeting | Auto Buying

You’re in your car with the windows rolled down. The wind is blowing your hair and the song “Happy” by Pharrell Williams comes on the radio. You start singing and thinking about how amazing a road trip would be with some friends.

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